As I mentioned on Monday, Barry is one of the original names introduced to the lists back in 1983. The modern system of naming storms (alternating male-female) began in 1979, and there are six annual lists of names that are re-used. So, this is Barry's sixth reincarnation! Incidentally, the only "B" storm to get retired since 1979 is Bob in 1991... it was replaced with Bill, which will be used for the fourth time in 2015.
|The tracks of Barry, all six times. Only in its first use in 1983 did it briefly reach minimal hurricane intensity... all others topped out as tropical storms.|
|Enhanced infrared satellite image of Tropical Storm Barry near landfall (image from 8:15am EDT).|
|Past track (black line), current extent of tropical storm force winds (orange shading), and tropical storm warnings (blue coastline).|
Now that it is mostly over land, it will quickly weaken and dissipate, though heavy rain and the resulting mudslides and flooding will remain a concern for the next couple of days in central Mexico.
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